- It helps you with your mental health.
- you don't have to think to much about it while doing it
- it is freeing to be able to go out for a walk and it's also free
- helps lower blood sugar
- helps strengthen your posterior chain
- boosts immune function
- boosts energy
- eases joint pain
Every single one of you can go out and do it, there is no right way or wrong way, so to speak, on how to go out and move. There's no judgment involved. It's just you going out hitting the pavement or the grass or the sand, whatever it is, and taking one step forward over and over again.
The other reason I recommend you walk everyday is because it will get you outside and in nature, which is imperative for your health and well being (see blog below).
Now, I could leave it at just that. But I want you to take it a step further. Because a lot of us when we go for a walk, we tend to fall; we have become this society where we are rounded shoulders looking down at the ground while we walk and we are therefore falling forward.
So I want you to instead make sure you're not looking at a phone or something as you're walking, I want you to try to lift up those shoulders and open that chest up. And if I think about having you standing taller when you walk, one thing I want you to think about is if you place your hand on your chest, like your collarbone area, and you just think about bringing that collarbone up towards that hand, rather than pulling the shoulders back to help you stand up straight. So that's going to help your rib cage get better alignment with the pelvis naturally without tugging and pulling on anything. So that would be the first thing that I would recommend you do while you're going for the walk.
The second thing I want you to focus on is pushing off with your big toe when you walk. So whether you are in shoes or out of shoes, depending on where you are walking, that would be my other focus. Many people have gotten into like I had mentioned this falling forward so they're not using their backside muscles to help them move. So we want to start bringing awareness back to our glutes and our hamstrings so that they are working as we move. It also helps with your balance, proprioception and your pelvic floor when you work on that push off with that big toe.
So the next time you go for a walk, I want you to first think about standing taller bringing your chest towards your hand and then walking pressing off with the big toe. And if you have any questions in regards to this, I do have a free guide that will help you to sit taller, stand taller and move better throughout your day so that you are utilizing the muscles that are there to work for you. Rather than using gravity to pull you along.